1. Creator/Author:
  2. Bennett, Brian A. (1)

The beau ideal of a soldier and a gentleman : the life of Col. Patrick Henry O'Rorke from Ireland to Gettysburg /

Bennett, Brian A.
Item ID:
Wheatland, N.Y. : Triphammer Pub., c1996.
096518630X (pbk.) :
Call Number:
E523.5 140TH
Physical Description:
196 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Soldiers -- New York (State) -- Rochester -- Biography.
Irish Americans -- New York (State) -- Rochester -- Biography.
Gettysburg, Battle of, Gettysburg, Pa., 1863 -- Biography.
O'Rorke, Patrick Henry, 1836-1863.
United States. Army. New York Infantry Regiment, 140th (1862-1865) -- Biography.
New York (State) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Participation, Irish American.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 176-188) and index.; Prologue -- From Ireland to Little Dublin -- An elite institution; an elite corps -- Colonel of his hometown regiment -- Dow this way, boys! -- A measure of immortality -- The weight of potential.; "Amidst the huge boulders and stone monuments on Gettysburg's Little Round Top sits a relatively modest regimental marker. its centerpiece is a life-like bronze relief of a handsome young soldier. The sculpture's most conspicuous feature-the nose-has been burnished to a golden sheen by many hands. Some rub it because of its blunt three-dimensionality, others due to a belief in the legend that doing so brings good luck. On July 2, 1863, a day marked by heroism by Federal forces on Little Round Top, Patrick Henry O'Rorke played a key role in the defense of this hill. Yet the monument that bears his likeness is literally overshadowed by more impressive memorials; his accomplishments are figuratively obscured by fame won by others on that rocky slope. Even more forgotten is the rest of his story. A native of Ireland, his temperament and ability transcended the stereotypes of his day. O'Rorke's obvious intellect secured an appointment to West Point, where he finished first in is class. Exemplary work as an engineer along the South Carolina coast earned him a colonel?s commission, commanding the 140th N. Y. Infantry, a regiment raised in his hometown of Rochester. His friends, classmates and admirers felt he would climb to the very highest ranks of the Army. Yet it says much about O'Rorke that his peers reminisced about his character as often as his military talents." -- From cover.; Lincoln Collection copy: Dr. Allen Wayne Aldred Memorial Collection.; Genealogy Center copy is part of the Dr. Allen Wayne Aldred Memorial Collection.
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Holding Institution:
Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
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